BBC World Service
The latest stories from the World section of the BBC News web site.
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Australia is investigating a Chinese national over a suspected espionage case at the country's top scientific body linked with the military.
Alan Gross, a US man jailed in Cuba, asks President Obama to intervene personally to help win his release, on the fourth anniversary of his arrest.
The head of the Lebanese Shia militant group Hezbollah says Saudi Arabia was behind last month's blasts near Iran's embassy in Beirut.
Why chess boxing is catching on in India
Swedish children's toilet show drawn into Ukraine-EU row
Police brutality in Egypt 'continuing unchecked'
Bomb makers 'working on new devices' aimed at West
Swedes question their reputation for tolerance
What happened to the man who lived in an airport?
The man who changed the lives of three million children
Tony Pulis says victory against West Ham - his first as Crystal Palace manager - boosts their hopes of avoiding relegation.
The US military halts its ground cargo shipments from Afghanistan via Pakistan because of the risk to drivers after protests over US drone strikes.
Tiny islands in the South China Sea have become a potential global flashpoint.
Figures from industry bodies indicate that bicycles outsold cars in almost every country in the European Union in 2012.
The US company SpaceX puts a TV satellite in orbit, marking its ambition to take a big slice of the market for telecommunications spacecraft.
The US House of Representatives approves a 10-year extension of a ban on all-plastic guns, as 3D plastic printing spreads to more homes.
A celebration by football fans in the US city of Seattle grew so loud on Monday evening it registered as a minor earthquake, a research group says.
The similarities and differences between Ukraine's two revolutions
Mount Etna erupts again causing a number of flights to nearby Catania airport to be diverted.
New Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis earns his first win as Marouane Chamakh's header helps the Eagles beat West Ham.